The Parliamentary inquiry into sustainability transitions in Australian cities and regions set a major challenge for MacroPlan. What are we transitioning towards and how could such transitioning occur to achieve transformational outcomes? MacroPlan has prepared a submission for the Parliamentary inquiry that will examine the Australian Government’s role in the development of cities. In MacroPlan's submission we propose that a partnership approach with the Commonwealth, focused on leadership innovation is essential for the development of cities. This framework was based on six major challenges for Australia. First, how can new technologies (e.g. Automated Vehicles, PropTech) and artificial intelligence be harnessed and integrated into planning for cities and regions. Second, how can traditional land use planning recognise and be integrated with indigenous land rights to plan for regional and remote areas. Third, how can traditional land use planning be transformed and integrated with environmental and biodiversity legislation to create sustainable peri-urban areas capable of withstanding urban encroachment. Fourth, how can traditional land use planning contribute to the development of regional Australia, in particular through major infrastructure such as; airports, roads, fast trains, universities and hospitals to enable regional Australia to participate in the new service economy. Fifth, how can traditional land use planning be transitioned to maximise the benefits of globalisation for Australia. Sixth, how can traditional land use planning be transitioned to ensure residential land supply is maintained at a level which ensures land prices are minimised
Recognising the complexities of these challenges, MacroPlan recommended a ten year partnership and innovation program sponsored by the Commonwealth and co-funded by the States and private sector to disrupt existing institutional frameworks and traditional land use planning processes. The program would be time limited, global, technology driven, collaborative and innovative. A key element of the project would include an annual major conference to maximise collaboration and transparency to drive outcomes or at least identify road blocks. The program should be initiated based on the outcomes of the Parliamentary Inquiry.
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